oa Africa Insight - Southern Africa's minerals in a changing world

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The flattering remark (often heard) is of course that South Africa is a potentially rich country particularly well endowed with mineral wealth, and that the removal of external pressures and domestic tensions could see it provide the economic driving force for the entire Southern African region. This remark, expressed in different ways, comes from sources situated right across the political spectrum. It is a remark that becomes, however, progressively less flattering when it is understood that the appropriate historic precedent and contemporary comparison to which we must look when forecasting any effects on economic development arising purely from mineral wealth are the Andean countries of Latin America.

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